Mardi Gras! Galveston, the state’s largest Mardi Gras celebration, commemorates 102 years on the island from February 1 to 12, in Galveston. It ranks as the nation’s third largest, with more than 300,000 people tossing more than 3 million beads, elaborate parades, headliner performances, family events, Gulf Coast cuisine,
an ocean view and island-style festivities.
Guests will enjoy 24 parades, including four new ones this year, 26 concerts, 19 balcony parties and five elegant masked balls. A new event this year is the Jolly Jester Jaunt 5K Run for Fun at 11 a.m., February 2, in which participants gallop through the historic Strand district with an optional stick pony.
On February 3, Mardi Gras! transforms into Family Gras! for a day of kid-friendly events. Gates open at 11 a.m., featuring two parades, live entertainment and free admission to the public. Donations will be taken at the gate to benefit the Sunshine Kids and Shriners Hospitals for Children.
In addition to the parades offered in the downtown entertainment district, krewes from around the region host elaborate parades along Seawall Boulevard and an oceanfront carnival with amusement rides and games, beachfront festivities, fireworks and additional parades.
For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit MardiGrasGalveston.com.